The New Administration in Peru Is Reorienting the Country’s Security Strategy
By Dialogo August 09, 2011
Speaking to the Peruvian press, Peruvian Interior Minister Óscar Valdés Dancuart affirmed that the defense and interior ministries will move to closely coordinate the fight against drug trafficking in the Valley of the Apurímac and Ene Rivers, and El Huallaga.
The Peruvian judicial branch will also be included, with the aim of speeding up the procedures for declaring loss of ownership of assets seized from drug traffickers, so that the state can quickly have them available and direct their proceeds, whether from sale or from direct exploitation, to the fight against the trafficking of illicit drugs.
According to Minister Valdés, the president has very clear ideas with regard to drug trafficking and terrorism and indicated to his military commanders that he may in the future give them a deadline for putting an end to the terrorist remnants, and as a consequence, their association with gangs of drug traffickers.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the area planted with coca increased in Peru for the fifth consecutive year in 2010 and reached 61,200 hectares, an increase of two percent with respect to 2009, indicating a stable general situation.